Toontown Online

Common Sense Media says

The first MMORG for kids, and it's a blast.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

The game encourages you to work with others to accomplish goals.

Positive role models

You play as a toon who is trying to restore laughter and color to Toontown. You need to cooperate with others to accomplish this laudable goal.

Ease of play

Very easy to play and the game comes with great tutorials.

Violence & scariness

There is fighting but it involves throwing creme pies and using squirt guns. The humorless robots will blow up when too many gags are used on them, but it is done in an amusing and funny manner.

Language

Talking between toons is limited to a drop-down menu unless you exchange friend codes off-line.

Consumerism

There is a subscription fee of $9.95 per month. Some Disney advertising when you first sign on.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that at $9.95/month, this game is more expensive than most children's software, but it is constantly growing and changing. It offers a tremendous amount of entertainment that can be enjoyed over several months. Parents should monitor their child's continued interest in the program to determine how long they want to subscribe to the game. Many parents have enjoyed playing this online game with their kids. At times, other kids can be rude in how they use the drop-down menu phrases, or by ignoring or running away from you, but most experiences are positive ones.

Parents say

What's it about?

The gist of TOONTOWN ONLINE (http://disney.com/), a nonviolent massively multiplayer online game for children, is that kids become toons who go on quests so that they can become more powerful toons and gain laff points. All toons are trying to rid Toontown of the pesky businesslike Cog robots. Toons defeat the Cogs by using gags on them, including throwing pies in their faces, or squirting them with fake flowers. They purchase gags after earning jellybeans by playing fun Trolley Games. Toontown locks kids into a safe online environment where they can talk to others who are playing the game, but only from pre-scripted drop-down menus. Friends who know each other outside of the game can exchange passwords to permit instant messaging between the two during the game.

Is it any good?

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Part of the fun of playing in Toontown is that it is constantly evolving and changing. In December 2003, Disney introduced the first Cog Headquarters (Cog HQ) neighborhood to Toontown and since then, there have been many more. The Cog HQs adds depth and complexity for experienced players -- those who have been playing long enough to have amassed about 60 or more laff points.

This virtual world is an exciting place to explore not only because it constantly offers new puzzles, games, and activities but also because it's fun to play with others while saving this world from robotic destruction. Families can check out the free portion of the game before committing to the full subscription membership.

Online interaction: Players are limited to drop-down messages unless they exchange friend codes off-line, so you can only live chat with people you actually know.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about what makes playing this game so much fun. Is it the other toons (kids) that you interact with or the quests you go on? Since there is always more to do, is it hard to sign off? What do you do when someone is rude to you?

Game details

Platforms:Windows
Price:$9.95/mo
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Disney Online
Release date:May 1, 2003
Genre:Massively Multi-player Online Game (MMOG)
ESRB rating:E for (Windows)

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Teen, 13 years old Written byforeverandalwayslove September 23, 2011
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5
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This review is in bad need of an update...

What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much swearing
Parent of a 12 and 15 year old Written bymmb74 November 11, 2008
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12
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Too Addictive

My son hasn't been the same since he started playing this game it is addictive and there are bullies on there. I wish i wouldn't have let him buy the year subscription I am canceling and pray we get our money back.
Teen, 15 years old Written bypizzaness April 12, 2012
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10
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Good game but alot of safety issues

I have played this game for years and it is FUN! ( for a while ) Ok so lets get to the negatives of the game. First of all violence is NOT A ISSUE yea sure you drop safes and boats and throw pies at robots but come on that is not violent. But consumerism, language, sex, drugs, and safety is. Many people on the game go to toon valley and host things such as dating shows, ( ds ) s*x parties, ( ex parties ) clans, ( they are like groups ) hotels, game shows, ( gm ) and music videos. The dating shows and s*x parties are just horrible for younger kids. There are WAY too many hackers they ruin the game. TROLLS ( someone who is annoying and lies to get false answers ) ARE A ISSUE ALSO a troll tricked me into giving him my account when I was younger. ( I got it back ) A ton of spammers way too many! Disney is very very strict and ANNOYING the game NEVER UPDATES. The last big update was in 2008 its been four years! The membership costs about 10 dollars a month which is a lot for some families. People can easily slip by the chat filters very easy and yes disney will ban you for the stupidest reasons and not for the bad stuff you do. I got banned for saying rap and I was talking about music because I spelled rap wrong at first so I said it again and I was banned the next morning. Very frustrating community also they almost never help you EVER. The security in the game is so easy to slip past its as easy as pie! ( no pun intended ) Its one of the easiest less monitored games out there instead of doing something about it disney just added a filter! I mean seriously it may not sound bad but it does not show what you say half the time! I mean come on limited dictionary was bad enough now there is a filter? Disney does NOT take care of this marvelous game they abuse it just abuse it. They never update it never take care of the problems the support staff is horrible and every time you ask them something you get a retarded answer. They treat you like five year old's if you ask about the game or recommend stuff. When it first came out it was COOL! The best game for kids you could find nobody could say anything bad and disney was less strict. Now its insane what goes on in toon valley! ( the gathering place of toons and hackers and clans disney does not promote this activity but they do not stop it ) If you just fight the cogs though and play the game with nice people you wont run into these problems a great game for all ages if you do it right. Oh yeah one more problem DRUGS. People talk about drinking, weed, smoking, crack, and a lot of other things that involve drugs and breaking the law. My old friend on there said she got in jail cause her and her ex boyfriend were caught drinking in real life. That was insane I just reported her even though it does no good to report someone as disney just ignores it. Make sure your child is careful and monitor what they do and say and you are alright.
What other families should know
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Safety and privacy concerns

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